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Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park

James W. Marshall discovered gold in 1848 on the South Fork of the American River in the valley the Nisenan Indians knew as Cullumah. This event led to the greatest mass movement of people in the Western Hemisphere and was the spark that ignited the spectacular growth of the West during the ensuing decades. The gold discovery site, now Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park, located in the still visible tailrace of Sutter's sawmill, in present day Coloma California, is one of the most significant historic sites in the nation.

James W. Marshall found shining flecks of gold in the tailrace of the sawmill he was building for himself and John Sutter. This discovery in 1848 changed the course of California's and the nation's history. See a replica of the original sawmill and over 20 historic buildings including mining, house, school, and store exhibits.

Visitors have the opportunity to try panning for gold in the American River and enjoy hikes and picnics under the riparian oak woodlands. Overlooking the beautiful river canyon, where the gold discoverer rests today, see California's first historic monument, the statue of James Marshall pointing at his gold discovery site.

Come participate in tours or special events, see exhibits and "Living History Days" planned regularly throughout the year; contact the Gold Discovery Museum and Visitor Center for details. Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park is proud to now offer the Eureka Experience school and group programs, and gold panning lessons for park visitors.

Contact Information:

Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park
310 Back Street
Coloma, CA 95613
Telephone: (530) 622-3470

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Description : Participant filmed vignettes of the 1948 centennial celebration of the discovery of gold. Scenes mostly in Coloma, CA with a couple snippets from Placerville CA. Parade floats, speakers, participants, spectators. Gold panning. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy...
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Description : Oral history related to the history of Marshall Gold Discovery SHP, Coloma California, and the California Gold Rush. Call Number : Beilharz VHS; Beilharz Audio Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
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Description : Oral history regarding the California Gold Rush, pioneer life, and local history of Rescue, California. Transcript available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
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by Moore, Melody
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Description : Oral history related to the local history of Coloma, California. Call Number : Carman Audio Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
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by Halls, Stanley H.
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Description : Description of gold mining methods used in California. Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Transcript : http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/735/files/transcripttearsfromthesun.pdf Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of...
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Note : Program begins at 00:01:00 after some camera set-up. Audio levels are low. Description : Oral history related to the history of Marshall Gold Discovery SHP, Coloma California, and the California Gold Rush. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 8mm video Call Number : Beilharz VHS; Beilharz Audio Transcript available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use...
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by Bolton, Herbert T.
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Additional Title : Our Golden Beginning: Discovery of Gold at Coloma by Marshall on January 24, 1848 Description : A description and enactment of the discovery of gold by James Marshall, and the role played by John Sutter Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by California Centennial Commission, Motion Picture Producers, and the California Department of Education. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use...
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Description : Oral history covering the local history of Coloma, California, and the history of Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Call Number : Demicell VHS Original recording available . Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms...
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Description : Oral history related to the history of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park., Coloma, California, and the California Gold Rush. Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of...
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Description : Oral history regarding the California Gold Rush, pioneer life, agriculture and local history of Gold Hill and Coloma, California. Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or...
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Description : Oral history covering the local history of Coloma, California, and the history of Marshall Gold Discovery SHP. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 1/2 inch videotape Call Number : Demicell VHS Transcript available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some...
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Description : Oral history related to the local history of Coloma, California. Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity...
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Note : Low audio levels from 00:05:10 to 00:11:23. Description : Oral history related to the local history of Coloma, California. Call Number : Carman Audio Transcript with photograph available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted...
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Description : Oral history regarding the California Gold Rush, pioneer life, and local history of Rescue, California. Original recording available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
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Description : Adam Beilhartz giving a tour of Sutter’s Mill in Coloma around 1978, describing the last (not current) mill replica. Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or reproduction...
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Description : Oral history regarding the California Gold Rush, pioneer life, agriculture and local history of Gold Hill and Coloma, California. Transcript available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase...
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by Bishop, James F.
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Description : Description of California State Parks Source : 1 Reel of 1: Film: 16mm Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by California State Parks, Division of Beaches and Parks. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights,...
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Description : Oral history covering the local history of Coloma, California and the history of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor...
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Note : Hand held camera. Grainy video. Ends abruptly. Description : Unknown - Possibly an historic interpretation of women's crafts around the time of 1850. Additional Description : Carol Verbeek as Sarah Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and...
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Note : Microphone fumbling throughout. Abrupt starts and stops during the first few seconds of part 2. Description : Oral history related to the local history of Coloma, California. Transcript available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be...
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Additional Description : Note on original tape: "Wimmer interview with Bert Hughes and Maude Wesner. May '93." Call Number : Wimmer Audio Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements,...
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Description : Oral history related to the history of Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park., Coloma, California, and the California Gold Rush. Transcript available Rights : Copyrighted. Rights are owned by Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by copyright beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owner. In addition, the reproduction of some materials may be restricted by terms of gift or...
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Note : Some interference and occasional dropouts. Slight flagging throughout. Description : Unknown - Possibly an historic interpretation of women's crafts around the time of 1850. Additional Description : Carol Verbeek as Sarah. Source : 1 Tape of 1: 8mm Video Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and...
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Note : Distortion throughout. Pops, clicks, and mic hits. The audio speeds up, with some distortion, at 25:58. Description : Interview with James Monroe, last descendent of the Monroe-Gooch family of Coloma, California. Walking around and talking about the way the town was. Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy...
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Description : Newsmakers with Bob Gilmore: U.S. National Gold Panning Championships October 4th and 5th, 1997. Source : 1 Tape of 1: VHS Rights : Copyright status unknown. This work may be protected by the U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.). In addition, its reproduction may be restricted by terms of gift or purchase agreements, donor restrictions, privacy and publicity rights, licensing and trademarks. This work is accessible for purposes of education and research. Transmission or...
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Note : The recorder is stopped a few times. There is background noise and hiss throughout. Description : Public program held at the James Marshall Monument (in Marshall Gold Discovery State Historic Park) on Thursday, January 24, 1980 on the 132nd anniversary of the discovery of flakes of gold in the mill race of Sutter's Mill at Coloma. The program was conducted by Betty Yohalem, Chairman of the day. - This program was taped by Daisy Miller who missed the very first part of the program so the...
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by Beilharz, Alan (Fuller)
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Description: This is a State Park Ranger presenting the history of Sutter's Mill, Sutter's Fort, and James W. Marshall's discovery of gold that changed the face of California and became a global event. Additional Description: This VHS tape came with a post-it note on the cover which reads: 1981-1984
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Description: VHS tape had a note inside that reads: This is an ad to drum up help for Coloma School House after a logging truck hit the building. It has Bob Horton as speaker and a few words by Matt Sugarman. Several views of the schoolhouse boarded up, ready to be fixed. ~V.J. Harris, November 27, 2000
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Description: This is a State Park Ranger presenting the history of Coloma, Nisenan Indians, Sutter's Fort, James W. Marshall's life and his 1848 discovery of gold, the California Gold Rush, placer mining techniques, Chinese presence, geology, the Mormon Batallion, and natural history of the area. Additional Description: VHS tape cover has a sticker on it: Natural Reflections Video, Broadcast Production Specialists, P.O. Box 476 Coloma, CA 95613. 916-621-1771
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